Employment Opportunities

Clearinghouse Librarian

OCALI is a recognized global leader in creating and connecting resources and relationships to ensure that people with disabilities have the opportunity to live their best lives for their whole lives. OCALI inspires change and promotes access to opportunities for people with disabilities.

OCALI informs public policy and develops and deploys practices grounded in linking research to real life. Part of OCALI’s role within Ohio is to disseminate resources through our primarily online lending library serving the state of Ohio.

OCALI’s lending library is a specialized clearinghouse for education focused library resources to support learners with complex needs. A sampling of our unique items include:

  • Books for learners in accessible formats including large print and braille;
  • Assistive technology devices and kits for trial by school teams;
  • Educational assessments;
  • Mobile devices with targeted apps;
  • and Specialty kits for instruction, literacy, sensory issues, and more.

For more information on our library collection please visit our library: https://ocali.kohacatalog.com/cgi-bin/koha/opac-main.pl

OCALI is seeking a self-motivated, detail oriented, client-centered librarian to come in and learn our system, work with the content specialists across OCALI, and support library patrons. The librarian role with OCALI is integrated in a strong collaborative team. Most of our patrons do not come into the library, we interact with them via technology/phone, etc. Our library mainly involves shipping and receiving items. Attention to detail is a must! Effective and proactive communication via email, phone, video chat, etc. is essential to fulfill this librarian role.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Extensive and successful experience and knowledge of library science, sources, and databases; library practices and procedures; online catalog systems; and online searching techniques.
  • Strong commitment to high quality public service in a customer service-oriented environment, with strong history of establishing positive relations while effectively interacting with staff and community.
  • Experience and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Library Management Systems, SharePoint, Adobe, and Apple iOS programs.
  • Strong ability to leverage resources and proactively communicate/collaborate while maintaining focus on the global organizational mission.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Self-directed professional, with strong analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills who can manage and organize processes and workflows. Ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously and to assign priorities effectively.
  • Team player who values the unique expertise of each member of a group yet works well independently.
  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborative effective working relationships with supervisors, partners, and subordinate staff.
  • Ability to perform all aspects of the job with fairness, equity, patience, discretion, and confidentiality.
  • Ability to stand, sit, bend, possibly kneel to retrieve books and devices from high and low shelving.
  • Ability to regularly lift items that may be up to 50 pounds, and occasionally push and pull large book carts of up to 100 pounds.
  • Ability to independently travel within the state for work related duties, meetings, and professional development when needed.
  • Complies with the ESCCO requirements for hire including background check.

Ideal Candidates will also demonstrate the following preferred skills:

  • Master's degree from an ALA accredited university in Library and Information Science – Technical Services focus preferred.
  • Experience with the Koha open-source library platform.
  • A general knowledge of Assistive Technology software, and apps.
  • Ability to make data driven decisions for the implementation of monitoring and improvement efforts.
  • Ability to adapt to and master new software and emerging technology.

Responsibilities and Essential Functions:

  • Serves as the librarian for OCALI’s onsite clearinghouse ensuring accuracy and accountability with all aspects of patron interaction with the library.
  • Manages the cataloging, circulation, shipping, and all the aspects of the librarian role regarding library items. This includes working with an assistant and collaborating with the content experts that support the diverse items in the lending library.
  • Meticulously managing the accuracy of information associated with patrons and library items. Data accuracy is essential to this role.
  • Works with existing structures/organization systems to implement library functions.
  • Maintains the collection by conducting inventories thoroughly and on a set schedule.
  • Maintains unique library items, including working with vendors on appropriate casing for shipping, appropriate cleaning of devices/assessments/kits, charging and prepping for shipping, testing working order, and gathering evaluation data, etc.
  • Proactively documents items in need of repair and seeks appropriate collaborators to resolve any issues.
  • Works with content experts across the organization to prioritize any new items for the library. Independently and collaboratively researches, evaluates, and recommends library materials to assist in maintenance and upgrading circulating collections.
  • Works with fiscal team and library leadership team to implement fiscal plans for library purchases.
  • Maintains confidentiality of patron records and other information.
  • Maintains knowledge of library trends and best practices.
  • Travels within the state for work related duties, meetings, and professional development when needed.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and in accordance with specified salary schedule.

Reports to: Senior Director, OCALI’s Research and Impact Team

Application Procedure:

Please complete the employment application through the www.escco.org.